Southwest Review 281

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Begun in 1915 and located on the campus of Southern Methodist University, Southwest Review is the third oldest, continuously published literary quarterly in the United States. Selections from Southwest Review have been reprinted in volumes of The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, The Best American Poetry, New Stories from the South, and elsewhere.
FICTION: We have published fiction in widely varying styles. We prefer stories of character development, of psychological penetration, to those depending chiefly on plot. We have no specific requirements as to subject matter.
NONFICTION: Articles published by the Southwest Review embrace almost every area of adult interest: contemporary affairs, history, folklore, fiction, poetry, literary criticism, art, music, and the theatre. Material should be presented in a fashion suited to a quarterly that is not journalistic and not terribly overloaded with academic apparatus or jargon. It should not be too specialized, after the manner of papers that appear in "learned journals" of different fields of study.
POETRY: It is hard to describe the Southwest Review’s preference in poetry in a few words. We always suggest that potential contributors read several issues of the magazine to see for themselves what we like. But some things may be said: We demand very high quality in our poems; we accept both traditional and experimental writing; we place no arbitrary limits on length; we have no specific limitations as to theme.

Southwest ReviewUnited States
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Submission Periods

F Open to fiction submissions through Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (4.8 days from now).19
N Open to nonfiction submissions through Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (4.8 days from now).0
P Open to poetry submissions through Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (4.8 days from now).16


G General 


Audience:Open to a broad Audience.
Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms, including: Experimental poetry, Formal verse.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Critical, Literary.
Topics:Open to all/most Topics, including: History, Literature/Books (General, Theory/Analysis/Criticism), Music (General, Theory/Analysis/Criticism), Performing Arts (General, Theory/Analysis/Criticism), Politics/Political Science, Society/Culture (General, Social issues), Visual Arts (General, Theory/Analysis/Criticism).

Types & Lengths

Article3,500 - 7,000 words.
Essay3,500 - 7,000 words.
PoemNo line limits known; Up to 6 pieces.
Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Novelette7,500 - 8,000 words.

Media & Publication Frequency

P Print PublicationPublished 4 x per year.


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionT Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) per piece.
N NonfictionT Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) per piece.
P PoetryT Token payment (under US$5 per poem) per piece.

Submission Types

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  ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousFormats Accepted
F Fiction OK $ OK No NoText format submissions
N Nonfiction OK $ OK No NoText format submissions
P Poetry OK $ OK No NoText format submissions

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Date Added:
11 Feb 2006
Last Updated:
04 May 2017